December 8, 2013
Chipley, FL- Ronald Williams, 37 yrs old, walked into the Washington County courtroom Monday morning hoping the judge would drop his 42 felony animal cruelty charges.
"The court had previously received Mr. Williams motion to dismiss," said Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson.
Deputies arrested Williams last October after they discovered more than 30 dogs under his care at the Ebro Greyhound Track had died from severe starvation and dehydration.
Monday the state filed its response to Williams' request to drop the charges, but Judge Patterson said he can't make a ruling yet.
"I do find that there are materials and disputed facts that do exist as to both case numbers, and the court is required by law to deny your motion to dismiss Mr. Williams at this time," said Judge Patterson.
The judge set Williams' next pretrial hearing for September 9th. If convicted of all 42 counts, he could face up to 110 years in prison.